American Express Company has announced two key appointments in its global Technology organization: Brian Saluzzo, as Senior Vice President, Global Infrastructure; and Nik Sathe, as Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), both reporting to Marc D. Gordon, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer. The appointments were effective in late 2013.
“I am thrilled to have Brian and Nik on board,” said Mr. Gordon. “They bring a wealth of leadership experience and deep technical expertise that will benefit both the Technologies organization and the broader corporation, as American Express continues to deliver innovative solutions that meet the needs of our customers and partners in an increasingly digital world.”
In his new role as global head of technology infrastructure, Mr. Saluzzo oversees end-to-end product management, operational support, and infrastructure risk management, including data center, cloud, and end user technologies. He has oversight for vendor management supporting infrastructure, as well as joint oversight of the company’s IT-related supplier sourcing. He is a member of the Technology Executive Team and serves on the company’s Global Management Team.
Mr. Saluzzo most recently served at Goldman Sachs as Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Technology Infrastructure, leading data strategies for the firm, including big data, storage tiering, infrastructure risk management, mobile/bring-your-own-device and workplace infrastructure design. He began his career at NCR Corporation (then a division of AT&T). He holds dual degrees in computer science and mathematics from the State University of New York’s College at Geneseo, where he remains active on the board of the Geneseo Foundation. He also is a board member of Out on the Street, a leadership and networking organization for LGBT senior leaders in financial services.
In his new role as CTO, Mr. Sathe is responsible for technology strategy, enterprise architecture and shared platform engineering, combined with shared digital and mobile design and engineering. In addition, he has oversight for technology support for mergers and acquisitions and the company’s internal technical contributor network. He is a member of the Technology Executive Team and serves on the company’s Global Management Team.
Mr. Sathe most recently led product and engineering efforts for the Google Wallet digital payments platform. Previously, he held leadership roles at PayPal, including co-CTO leading the technology organization to transform its payments platform, as well as interim Vice President for Product Development overseeing expansion of PayPal’s footprint in digital goods and offline point-of-sale transactions, and building out the developer API platform. Mr. Sathe has prior experience at JP Morgan Chase and several start-up and public technology/software companies. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Lafayette College and serves on the advisory boards of several technology start-ups and a venture firm.
“This is an exciting time at American Express, as our innovative application of technology, particularly in the areas of mobile and big data, continues to drive our business forward with digital products and services that offer unique experiences for customers,” Mr. Gordon said, citing such recent innovations as Amex Sync and Pay with Points. “Challenging work and the opportunity to improve the day-to-day interactions of our customers are helping to make American Express a top place for technical talent at all levels.”